We have a number of training events throughout the week suitable for differing ages and abilities.
Our main club training nights are Tuesday and Thursday. In addition we have Monday Intervals, Monday Juniors, Wednesday Intervals for part of the year, the Friday morning run and sometimes informal sessions at the weekend. Everyone is welcomed, of any standard, but it is beneficial if you can already run a few miles. If you are new to running, we suggest you read our beginners article.
The shorter runs are approximately 3-5 miles, medium run 5-6 and the longer 7-8. Quicker members of the group double back at regular intervals, ensuring that the group stays together and no-one gets left behind. This also helps them improve as they will cover more miles, and can train at a quicker pace. Route details are often posted on the club’s Facebook Page prior to the run.
Members also organise their own runs and recce race routes beforehand, getting a feel for the ground and distances involved.
During the winter months it can be very dark in the evening. Think about wearing a high-viz jacket (or similar) and if possible bring a body or head torch.
If you are thinking of coming along to any of these sessions to try the club out and want more information then please contact our membership secretary. If the run is going to be finishing in the twilight or later then wear something bright or reflective and if possible bring a running torch. Arrive in good time and be ready to run promptly so as not to delay the start of the session. Introduce yourself to the run leader and make sure they know if you are new to the group. There may be a number of run options so make sure you get advice on which will be best for you. Run at your own pace and do not overextend yourself. If you do then you risk injury. If the run involves regrouping, most do, then please regroup and offer encouragement to those who may be a little slower than you are. This is important.
Most groups will take a register of participants who are not club members. Talk to people and make as many friends as possible. You will come back to run with friends.
Be polite, considerate and share the paths. Be especially careful of dogs on leads at night, other walkers, runners singly and in groups, cyclists and cars. You are responsible for your own conduct and safety. You are running with the club and as such any action on your part reflects on the club.
Always check our Facebook Page for last minute changes especially over holiday periods when the normal schedules may be disrupted but also in case the unforeseen interferes with our best laid plans.
Monday Evening: Juniors
From October to the end of March we have Junior training at 18:30 at Brockholes Primary School which is on Brant Rd, Preston, Lancashire PR1 5TU.
From the start of April to the end of September we have Junior training at Avenham Park at 18:30.
Please note that these sessions are only open to children of club members. All children must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian who is a current club member. For details please contact our membership secretary.
Monday Evening: Intervals
Meet at 7pm at the Leyland Vehicles car park on Centurion way. The best parking is on Croston road.
This session is targeted at 5k/10k for all abilities. We will have 3 different sessions running concurrently.. T7, T8 and Entry.
For more information see the session leader’s own FAQ page.
The ‘track’ is very well lit, mainly on wide pavement and almost totally devoid of traffic.
Tuesday Evening: Road Run – Fulwood, Preston
From the start of October to the end of March a group meets at Fulwood Leisure Centre at 18:30 for a choice of road runs of between 6 and 8 miles. These sessions continue through the Summer for the benefit of those who cannot get to the Summer Country runs.
Please gather near the squash courts or near the steps outside the main entrance. Parking can sometimes be a problem at the leisure centre, but there is normally room on the surrounding side streets or on the Academy car park.
Routes typically go through Fulwood, Moor Park, Ashton, Ingol and Broughton. In addition, about once a month there may be a group run away from Preston for example we might run the Illuminations at Blackpool. On these evenings there is often still a group running from Fulwood Leisure Centre. The Away Days for early 2018 are
- 27th February St Annes
- 20th March Longridge
See Facebook for more details closer to the dates or come along on a Tuesday night and ask George for a schedule.
After the runs from Fulwood it is possible to have a free shower at the leisure centre. The lockers are still using the old £1 coins or supermarket trolley tokens. You can get a suitable token from reception for a new £1 and swap it back afterwards. Members often meet at the Black Bull Pub after the run for food, drinks and chat (rearrange as appropriate).
Tuesday Evening: Intervals at UCLAN track (Winter time)
Last session for Spring 2018 will be 20th March. On the 11th April we will be moving to the parks – see below.
Never tried interval training or find it difficult to train early evening then this might be for you. These are a shorter but more intense sessions that help build speed and recovery. Sessions are designed for everyone to work to their own ability and so are suitable for runners of all speeds – no one gets left behind.
The sessions are always hard but that’s the nature of the ‘interval’ session really. We focus on strengths and flexibility by using running drills, planks and all things core strength related. Through a variety of games, drills and races the coaches will work with you to take your running to the next level. It is all good fun as you can see.
We have the track booked from 20:00 to 21:00. Since we only have the track for one hour, please turn up and be ready to run on time so as to make best use of this great facility.
There are toilets and changing rooms and the track is flood lit. There is a charge of £2 per participant for this session to help the club cover the cost of the track. These are high intensity sessions, so be prepared. Bring a drink and some warm down clothes.
Tuesday Evening: Track and Trail – Countryside Venue near Preston (Summer time)
From the start of April to the end of September we have runs in the country from various locations near Preston. Although most of these runs are at 18:30 there are exceptions depending on the time of year and venue. The venues are posted a day or so in advance on the Club’s Facebook Page. During the Summer months we may have members arranging informal runs from Fulwood Leisure Centre – check Facebook.
We encourage car sharing to the Summer Track and Trail events as there is often limited parking. Make certain you know where the meeting point is and how long it might take to get there given the nature of the evening traffic.
On the run it is essential that we respect the countryside. Pay attention to the run leader and be prepared to follow instructions especially when going through farm yards, near livestock and crops.
Although no one will admit to any of our runs being muddy, up hill or held in less than balmy weather, it is a good idea to bring a change of socks, shoes and other clothes so you are more presentable in the pub afterwards and more comfortable on the journey home.
Wednesday Evening: Intervals in the Parks (Summer time)
On the 11th April Intervals will be moving to the parks.
We will be using several different parks over the Summer time.
We will kick off with a new meeting venue – the Fox Cub Pub car park at 6:30pm for a gentle warm up to Longton Brickcroft for 400’s, 200’s and hills.
We will also be using Astley Park and of course Avenham Park but all will be on rotation. Keep your eyes on Facebook for weekly updates.
We have an exciting summer ahead!
Thursday Evening: Road Run – Bamber Bridge
On Thursdays we meet in the car park of The Poachers Pub (near Bamber Bridge Sainsbury’s) at 19:00. Please DO NOT park in the pub car park.
Try to arrive a few minutes early as we aim to start the run on time. There are plenty of other options within a short walking distance.
There are several groups graded by distance and pace. The runs normally start out as a single group and split midway to provide longer and shorter options.
In addition we have a Tempo run.
Routes normally go via Bamber Bridge, Leyland, Walton-le-Dale, Walton Summit and Lostock Hall. During the summer, when it is lighter, it is also possible to run through Avenham and Cuerden Parks.
Runners sometimes gather in The Poachers after the run for a drink and something to eat.
Thursday Evening: Beginners’ Run – Bamber Bridge
Periodically we offer a beginners couch to 5k course led by an England Athletics qualified Leader in Running Fitness.
The next couch to 5k course will start in March 2018. We have not yet fixed the date. Meeting at The Poachers, Cuerden Way, Bamber Bridge at 7pm (see map above). Please DO NOT park in the pub car park. There are plenty of other options within a short walking distance.
The course will build slowly over 9 weeks with the aim of running a 5k parkrun as session 10 at Avenham Park.
We will meet for an hour each week but participants will be required to complete additional runs each week as ‘homework’.
This course has become extremely popular so if you are interested then keep an eye on this page. We expect to open booking in February 2018 Places will be strictly limited and are expected to be filled quickly.
Friday Morning: Road Run – Avenham Park, Preston
We often have a daytime run at 10:00 am from the Pavilion Cafe on Avenham Park PR1 8JT. Check Facebook for any last minute updates. The kind people at the Pavilion will let you leave a small bag with them during the run. About one hour with an opportunity for a coffee and chat in the cafe afterwards. There may be cake for those who have run their socks off.
Park at The Continental PR1 8JP and walk along the river to the cafe in good time for a 10:00 am start.